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29Jun/107

The Law of Attraction

Have you ever heard of the law of attraction? Do you believe it? It's basically the belief that what you focus on will expand in your life. 

If you constantly think about how difficult life is, you are attracting more difficulties to yourself, conversely if you focus on what is good, the good in your life will expand. 

Some people take this a step further by focusing on very specific things such an amount of money, their dream house, the body they want, or something they want to buy. They post pictures of their goal on their walls, verbalize it, and regularly devote time to focus on it.

Studying business theory and reading biographies of famous businessmen, I've found that many very successful people attribute their accomplishments to this principle.
"When you focus on and start moving in the direction that you believe is your destiny, the universe will surge forward to help you"

I've had to ask myself how does this work? Is it a replacement for prayer? Can it do the same things that Christians believe to be miracles? Is it ok for me to believe in this principle? Then I was reminded of something I learned as a child, and it went like this:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
(Philippians 4:8 KJV)

I think that Paul here is applying the principle of the law of attraction! Think (focus) on the things above enough and they will expand in you giving you a better quality of life, and will bring you close to Christ.

I've adapted the application of this verse in my life and started mentally focusing on specific, achievable, quantifiable, time-specific goals which will bring me closer to where I want to be in life, and no, it has not reduced my dependance on prayer, but rather enhanced the time I spend in it.